The higher genetic diversity in southern Europeans has been explained by the existence of refugia during the Last Glacial Maximum (~ 20,000 years ago), the gene flow from the Near East associated to the diffusion of agriculture (<10,000 years ago), and the gene flow from neighboring areas such as North Africa. In the recent manuscript . . . → Read More: Estimating gene flow from North Africa to southern Europe
Despite their modern day diversity of language, lifestyle and religion, Europe’s widespread Romani population shares a common, if complex, past. It all began in northwestern India about 1,500 years ago, according to our recent study in Current Biology that offers the first genome-wide perspective on Romani origins and demographic history and was part of the . . . → Read More: Reconstructing the population history of European Romani from genome-wide data
After three years working in the group as a technician, Paula Sanz is leaving our group.
We wish her good luck with her new challenges, especially with the writing of her PhD!
Laura Rodríguez-Botigué defended her PhD “Demographic insights of human North African populations using genetic data” last November 16th. After a nice discussion with the committee members Elena Bosch (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Mark Jobling (Leicester University, UK), and Oscar Lao (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands), she got the maximum mark (“Apte Cum Laude“).
. . . → Read More: Laura Rodríguez-Botigué defended her PhD
Ixa Mendizabal defended her PhD “Demography and human adaptation: examples from human populations” last July 27th. After a nice discussion with the committee members Francesc Calafell (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Mattias Jakobsson (Uppsala University), and Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institut Pasteur, Paris), she got the maximum mark (“Apte Cum Laude“).
. . . → Read More: Isabel Mendizabal defended her PhD
Two recent papers (Behar2012 and Martinez-Cruz2012) have analyzed the population history of Basques, one of the European human groups that have drawn the attention of human biologists during the last century. The main peculiarity of the Basques is their language, an isolated non-Indo-European language that has no close relation with any other language spoken in . . . → Read More: The population history of Basques: ancient continuity and structure
North Africa is a region of special interest for human population geneticists, given its strategic geographic situation, between the European continent, the Near East and the rest of the African continent. It is a geographic area partially isolated due to the presence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara desert which have constrained human migrations. . . . → Read More: The complex genetic structure and admixture in North African populations revealed by autosomal markers
Arturo Silveyra and Michael Ducore have recently joined our group.
Arturo Silveyra is enroled in the “Màster de Biologia del Desenvolupament i Genètica” at the Universitat de Barcelona and his Master thesis will be focused on the analysis of whole genome sequences in human individuals.
Michael Ducore is enroled in the Master in Biomedical . . . → Read More: Arturo Silveyra and Michael Ducore, new Master students in the group
Marc Haber, after completing his Master of Science in Molecular Biology at the Lebanese American University, has started his PhD in our group. His PhD project reserch will be focus on the analysis of human uniparental lineages in human populations in order to unravel demographic processes that have modelled the extant variability seen today.
. . . → Read More: Marc Haber, a new PhD student in the group
Guillem Malet was in our group as an undergraduate student, doing his internship collaborating with the Genographic Project. Although Guillem spent a short period of time in our group, he showed an enthusiastic behaviour towards scientific challenges and was able to create a stimulating atmosphere in the lab. Guillem passed away last Tuesday May 10th . . . → Read More: In memoriam: Guillem Malet